Next up to feature on our ‘Opposition in Focus’ is last season’s runners up, South Shields.
The club based in Tyne and Wear were four points shy of finishing top of the table but couldn’t quite knock Farsley Cetlic off the top of their thrown.
The Sandancers accumulated a total of 87 points in their 2018/19 campaign, dropping the four points they needed in their last four fixtures to get promoted. They drew against Stafford Rangers and Basford United, both games ending 1-1 and ultimately keeping South Shields in the division.
The club’s strongest asset last season was their goal scoring ability, with the club scoring an impressive 86 goals, the most in the league. Their two forwards David Foley and Lee Mason scored 30 goals between them, along with the club’s top scorer Robert Briggs, who scored 20 goals last season.
They also boasted a superb defensive record, only conceding 46 goals, the third lowest figure last season.
The North East club have made some additions to their squad in an attempt to go one further this season and gain promotion. They have added young striker and former Bury youth star Millenic Alli, who joined the club after a successful trial.
They also added Adam Thurston to their ranks, with the midfielder joining from Canterbury United, who play in the top-flight of New Zealand football.
South Shields have had a positive pre-season despite losing in a few of their friendlies. They faced off against the likes of Sunderland and Huddersfield Town, losing 2-0 in both of those games.
Most recently they beat Dunston UTS 4-2 and Hebburn Town 4-3. So, it is evident that the Sandancers still carry the same threat going forward but could do with tightening up further at the back if they want to ensure promotion.
The Dolly Blues face off against South Shields on September 9th at South Shields at 7:45pm.
By Adam Smith